the Spruce Goose
McMinnville, Oregon….. home to the Spruce Goose. A monster of a plane engineered and built by Howard Hughes during World War II. Despite it’s nickname, it was actually constructed from birch rather than spruce because of metal shortages during the war. Perhaps the misnomer stuck because it was difficult to rhyme with birch. This recent trip to “Mac” had other objectives for me, but I had visited the museum about six years ago with a cousin who is very much a WW II aircraft aficionado. I don’t ordinarily get much of a thrill out of museums, but this was far more interesting than I ever expected. There’s quite a story behind it, if you care to follow the link above. It’s said to be the largest plane ever to fly. Click HERE for a video of its single, very short flight.
I only snapped a couple of shots while I was in the neighborhood. Didn’t take the time to visit the museum again. The above building is not the one where the Spruce Goose is on display – though I would have loved to have seen the “landing” of the plane on the building! 😉 The museum building is a whole lot bigger in order to contain that mammoth airplane. Click HERE for images of the museum and the Spruce Goose, plus other planes that are displayed.Another plane in front of yet another building. I never did get a shot of the actual museum for reasons I can’t explain. Mostly it was difficult to find a good angle from a quick drive-by. This is definitely the place for anyone interested in aircraft.
Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.
― Leonardo da Vinci